- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
The coaching staff has naturally been going after California prospects, as they have familiarity with the area from their days at San Diego State University. Another California prospect, defensive back Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), was identified and offered Monday.
Hawkins is a lot of what the coaches want in a cornerback, and he's well aware of those qualities.
"I have good size, I'm 6-foot, 170 pounds. I also have long arms, and I'm rangy," he said. "I have good speed, too. I know Michigan said they want me as a corner and that's what I play now."
Despite the fact he lives in California, the Michigan offer was one that he and his family were hoping would come through.
"I'm very interested in Michigan. That was the offer my dad was always looking for," he said. "I think he thinks it's a great school for me to attend, and I know they have the most wins of any program. I'm going to do some research on them."
Both he and his father are interested in the academic side of each program, and how each team works as a family. Hawkins is still hearing from more and more schools, but has an idea of how his process will play out.
"I want to make a decision the first week back to school after summer," he said. "I'll probably cut it down to a top five before the summer and then take visits and figure it out. I'm going to discuss with my parents about getting out to Michigan."